OK, they do not like using words "splitting up" or "breaking up", instead preferring "hiatus". But in reality, they all gone their separate ways:
Serj is working on his solo album Elect the Dead (due 23 October) and managing his record label.
Shavo is working with a band Achozen which has not yet released any songs.
John is managing his comics business and, as announced on Thursday, partnered up with Daron on his new project.
Daron is working on his new project - Scars on Broadway ... and yesterday posted the following update on his myspace page:
"Hey everyone. I just wanted to give you all an update on what's goin' on with my new band Scars On Broadway. I have partnered up with John Dolmayan who is playing drums, and I'm on vocals and guitar, etc. Accompanied by some great musicians, we are preparing to go into the studio really soon to record our debut album. John and I are really excited about this new project and can't wait to get on stage and perform live for you guys. Till then, keep a close eye on the Scars on Broadway myspace page http://www.myspace.com/scarsonbroadway, and official website http://www.scarsonbroadway.com, for the latest news, and music......and prepare to be SCARRED FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*picture via Wikipedia
This announcement by Daron, in practice, formalised their break-up. Well, in future, they may do re-union tours, like other bands do, but...
Is this the end of era for SOAD? I wish I could be proved wrong, but I am afraid the answer is Yes...